To see a mockingbird: Rare sighting draws birders to Douglas ranch - Tucson News Now

To see a mockingbird: Rare sighting draws birders to Douglas ranch

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By Toby Herschler - email

A small visitor from Mexico is boosting tourism near Douglas.

Birdwatchers are flocking to Slaughter Ranch following the sighting last week of a Blue Mockingbird.

The bird is native to tropical Mexico.

Its feathers flash brilliant blue in sunlight but can appear dark gray when viewed from a different angle, or through the dense underbrush the bird prefers.

People have come from as far away as Massachusetts hoping for a glimpse.

This is only the fifth confirmed appearance of the Blue Mockingbird in the United States.

Ranch staff tell KOLD News 13 that visitors got a bonus over the weekend, with sightings of two rarely seen Ruddy Doves.

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